MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — In just under two months, the unified NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s season-opening race will take place at Myrtle Beach Speedway in South Carolina.
In the past, only one NASCAR Modified Tour race has been held at the track and it came in September of 2009, when the Whelen Southern Modified Tour hit the half-mile oval.
Andy Seuss was at the point of the 150 lap NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race at Myrtle Beach for 43 laps, but it was enough to net him the trophy.
Behind the wheel of his Advance Auto Parts/Q Racing Oil No. 47 for David Riggs, Seuss took the lead from Richie Kuiken Jr. on lap 122 and held on during a late-race restart to score the victory.
The win was the third of the season for Seuss and also his third straight top-three finish in 2009.
“This track is tricky, I couldn’t believe how worn out it was when I got here,” Seuss told track announcers after the event’s conclusion. “This crew had an awesome pit stop with two tires and an adjustment — I couldn’t have done it without them.”
After George Brunnhoelzl III had scored the Coors Light Pole Award with a fast time of 19.892 seconds (95.918 mph), a re-draw took place that put Seuss on the pole, with Gene Pack up alongside on the front row. The two drivers led the field of 14 drivers to the green flag for the inaugural NASCAR stop at Myrtle Beach.
Early on, outside polesitter Pack took the lead and for the first 58 laps. By lap 20, polesitter Seuss had already dropped to the bottom half of the top five.
At lap 28, a brief caution period of six laps took place, when some fluid was dropped on the track and some teams elected to make a move to pit road. At the restart, the field stayed under the green flag all the way until lap 80. At that point, L.W. Miller had taken the lead from Brunnhoelzl.
Another quick caution flew on lap 86 when Tommy Neal spun, but shortly after, the lap 90 restart was when Seuss started to make his move back to the front. He took the lead through the 102nd round, but then Rich Kuiken Jr. took the top spot away from him until lap 119.
Seuss ended up taking the lead for a brief moment on 120 before seizing control for good on lap 122.
Two last cautions took place on laps 123 and 128 — but from there — it was all Seuss out front. He ended up holding off Brunnhoelzl and a charging Buddy Emory in the final laps to capture the victory. The race took just over one hour to complete and included five caution flags for 24 laps.
That season, Seuss ended up finishing second in the championship point standings to Brunnhoelzl.
In 2017, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to Myrtle Beach Speedway on March 18. For the entire event schedule for the weekend, click here.
Results from the 2009 race can be viewed on the next page…